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The single-pickup SC-1 was introduced in late-1982, shortly after the 2-pickup SC-2. This was G&L‘s cheapest guitar targeted as an entry level model still built with high quality parts and engineering. The SC-1 shown here has a slab soft maple body, Locktight (Saddle-Lock) bridge with stamped S/N, hard-rock maple neck and a 7½” radiused maple fingerboard with small marker dots, and headstock with closed G&L stamped Schaller machines. Finishes offered in the SC-series were White, Red, Viking Blue (see Robert Poss’ collection of SC-1s), and Black, the latter having my preference since the finish of the Broadcaster is black too. And as a friend persistently states, “... everybody knows black guitars sound better!

Less than 250 SC-1s were produced starting late-1982 and throughout 1983 and hence has its own page among the Registry Rarebirds on the Guitars by Leo (GbL) site.


G&L SC-1

The story behind this guitar

Year:                 1983

Serial number:    G013537

Neck date:         3 24 1983

Body date:         none

Strings:              D’Addario EXL120 Nickel Wound Super Light (9-42)

Unlike the SC-2, the SC-1 is a Rarebird and that always piques my interest. And as stated before, the history of the ASAT is not complete without looking at the SC--1/SC-2. So the search started, which was soon expanded to all interesting entry level instruments. The first result of that quest turned out to be this SC-1. A couple of fine examples became available on eBay in May of 2012, both with an asking price of $1,500! That did not really jibe with my data gleaned from the “Blue Book of Electric Guitars” and the “Vintage Guitar Price Guide”. So I put in a realistic offer on the one that was for sale at Hugo Helmer Music in nearby Burlington, WA and lo and behold it got accepted. Guitar came with its original (lower quality) hardshell case with orange-rust lining to boot! And then you plug it in ...  “Loud!” said the wife. True, very loud if you crank open the volume, which when lowered does not seem to lose any high-end. And the pickup is pretty hot. The DC resistance measures at 5kΩ on the dot. Compare this to the 4.6-4.9kΩ range in which the pups on the Broadcasters and the C.L.F. Centennial fall (as well as the neck pup on the Junior) and you know why! But if you thought the volume taper is fantastic, the tone taper is even better. At your fingertips, you have access to slightly warmer “ice pick” tones to warm and comfy jazz-tones. Amazing tone machine where simplicity with excellent execution rules.